<description/> <link>https://www.gameskinny.com/</link> <language>en</language> <copyright>Launch Media Network</copyright> <atom:link href="https://www.gameskinny.com/game-the-witcher-3-blood-wine/?format=rss" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"/> <item> <title>The Witcher Franchise Hits BIG Sales Milestone - Potential Future? https://www.gameskinny.com/dl40r/the-witcher-franchise-hits-big-sales-milestone-potential-future https://www.gameskinny.com/dl40r/the-witcher-franchise-hits-big-sales-milestone-potential-future Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:00:02 -0400 Stephen Brown

When The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released back in May 2015, the critical reception it received was a monumental success. The reviews came in hot, recieving multiple strong, to perfect scores from the likes of Gamespot (10/10), IGN (9.3/10) and the Telegraph (5/5).

It received this acclaim for good reason.

Geralt, Vesimir, The Witcher

It boasted a massive, detailed, and visually stunning open world environment for the player to explore and fight across. But what set it apart from other open world games of the year was its focus on narrative. Featuring a diverse cast of strong and emotionally driven characters, that were present in a story of grand scale with varied and unique quest design and narrative, while also being driven by a gripping main storyline.

Back in June 2015, it was announced by CD Projekt RED Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski that the Witcher 3 shipped 4 million copies worldwide in its first 2 weeks. Then in March 2016, in a document detailing its business strategy, they confirmed that the entire Witcher series had sold 20 million copies worldwide. Adding to its success was that by the end of May 2016, both of its expansions; Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine, were well received by fans and critics alike, even some calling the latter perhaps the best DLC ever made.

Blood and Wine

The universally praised main game, coupled with its two incredible expansions allowed the series to continue to sell well for another year. With its recent financial results revealed, it is now known that the Witcher series has sold a total of 25 million copies since the first game in the series was released. This is big news for the company going forward with its development of Cyberpunk 2077 as it shows trust and faith of the developer and its products. With this success, it possible that CD Projekt RED could have the incentive to revisit the brand in the future, albeit perhaps a spin-off as Geralt's story concluded with the ending of the Blood & Wine expansion. Either way, fans have the much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 to look forward to in the future.

Naughty Dog Takes Platinum in the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Award https://www.gameskinny.com/jicrb/naughty-dog-takes-platinum-in-the-2016-playstationblog-game-of-the-year-award https://www.gameskinny.com/jicrb/naughty-dog-takes-platinum-in-the-2016-playstationblog-game-of-the-year-award Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:29:41 -0500 TL Bickler

Over half-million fans took part in Sony’s 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards and we have the results! Out of fourteen categories voted on one game company soared above the rest: Naughty Dog. Naughty Dog snagged seven platinum awards -- including the game of the year and the studio of the year.

Naughty Dog’s Hero: Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End claimed 40% of the total votes and stole most of the platinum awards. Uncharted came in on top for game of the year, best story, best performance with Nolan North taking platinum and Emily Rose taking silver, best soundtrack, and best visuals. But Uncharted didn’t stop there; they also won the gold for best post release game content. With six awards just with one game, it’s no wonder they took the platinum for studio of the year.

The Last of Us Part II

But Uncharted wasn’t Naughty Dog’s only star. The Last of us Part II brought home the platinum for most anticipated game of 2016. Since The Last of Us took platinum for Naughty Dog back in the 2013 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards, it’s not a real shock it won most anticipated game of 2016.

Here is a quick rundown of the other Platinum winners for the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards.

Best PS Vita Game

World of Final Fantasy

Best Independent Game


Best Use of PS4 Pro & Best Multiplayer

Battlefield 1

Best PlayStation VR Game

Batman Arkham VR

Best Post-Release Content

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Most Innovative

The Last Guardian

Witcher Developer CD PROJEKT RED Has a Bunch of Job Openings for 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/2w7ao/witcher-developer-cd-projekt-red-has-a-bunch-of-job-openings-for-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/2w7ao/witcher-developer-cd-projekt-red-has-a-bunch-of-job-openings-for-2017 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:02:18 -0500 Naomi N. Lugo

2017 is set to be a big year for CD PROJEKT RED, and they’re not shy about it. “If your New Year’s resolution is to work in the Game Industry, you’re in luck! We're recruiting!” they posted to social media on Dec. 4. Of course, this message was accompanied by a smiling Geralt, because he smiles all the time.

Anyway, they weren’t kidding with this proclamation. Their careers page is six pages long full of jobs. The listings range from working on Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, internally for the company, working with CD PROJEKT RED’s digital distribution platform GOG.com and of course on the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.

This push to hire more people onto the team is hopefully a good sign for Cyberpunk 2077’s release date and the future of the dev overall. Dec. last year, CD PROJEKT RED received some major support from their native Poland in the form of a $7 million grant. Reportedly, the company received the largest portion of the funds.

The positions are mostly internationally located in Warsaw and Krakow in Poland or Shanghai, but there is one opening in Los Angeles for a lead illustrator. Working with a critically acclaimed company like CD PROJEKT RED, however, might be worth the move.

Are you excited for Cyberpunk 2077? Do you think it will come out in 2017? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

The State of RPGs in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ouolu/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ouolu/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2016 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:34:36 -0500 Sergey_3847

Last year was huge for the RPG scene with such releases as The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. The year of 2016, on the other hand, has really only one AAA title worth talking about -- but there are plenty of smaller games that kept the fans of the genre glued to their computers.

There also have also been some solid expansions for some of 2015's titles coming out this year and just as many remastered versions of even older cult classics. What's more, the future of RPG gaming looks super exciting, as there are some huge releases coming up at the end of the year and the first half of 2017.

So it looks like there is much territory that needs to be covered here, and without any further ado, let’s begin the analysis.

The Biggest RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Dark Souls 3

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3 -- the last installment in a series of games that enriched the genre with precise mechanics, multifaceted progression system and hardcore bosses. And all this was encapsulated in a world of ever-growing gloom and doom.

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3.

From Software is not scared to pull out a series of games that has no clear story and that makes new players run away from their PCs or consoles after a few miserable deaths. You can't do anything but respect such a developer in the current state of the gaming industry. Hopefully, Hidetaka Miyazaki and co. will deliver some more goodness in the future, albeit perhaps not in the Souls series.

Deus Ex: Mankind Evolved

Another game worth mentioning here is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game has delivered exactly what it promised and there is really nothing to complain about. It builds upon every aspect of its predecessor, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and adds greater scale, more freedom, infinitely interesting quests, weapons, stealth mechanics, and of course, better graphics.

The Technomancer

But before we move on, there is one more AAA title that cannot be ignored -- The Technomancer. It wasn’t received too well by the community, and understandably so. It was presented as a grandiose AAA project -- with the corresponding price tag too! -- but the final result was mediocre at best. Spiders Studios tried really hard this time, but the game just didn’t do it  for many gamers, either in terms of story and gameplay or graphics and animation.

The Remastered RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Skyrim: Special Edition

Talking about graphics -- here are some of the finest remasters of the year. This section must be launched with a discussion on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition, which has been both praised and cursed by fans, with many critics saying the game doesn’t need a remastered version on PC and that it already has tons of cosmetic mods available for free.

However, console players have been more than happy to lay their hands on this gem. And to be honest, Bethesda planned this version mostly as a present for owners of current-gen consoles, anyway. 

JRPGs to the Remastered Rescue

A few classic JRPGs, such as Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen and Disgaea, have also been remastered and ported to PC for the rest of the world this year, with the latter having significantly improved textures and UI.

On top of that, all Final Fantasy fans could once again experience Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on their computers. The FF port was released on May 12, and finally implemented an auto-save feature, five game boosters, three parameter changes and the option to skip FMVs and Cinematics.

The Biggest RPG Sequels of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Final Fantasy XV

It took ten years for Square Enix to deliver one of the most anticipated sequels in the history of gaming -- Final Fantasy XV. Finally, on Nov. 29, Final Fantasy XV will be available worldwide. (However, some gamers have reported that it is already possible to find a copy in a few countries of the world, such as Peru. So beware of spoilers!)

Up to this point, Final Fantasy XV has had many different reactions, some of which have mentioned that it will ruin the franchise once and for all, while others have actually put some faith into it

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

Although technically not a sequel, the “Blood and Wine” DLC for The Witcher 3 can easily be called a sequel because of its scope, secrets, quests and new NPCs, some of which are arguably the most diverse and interesting in the series. More than that, the developers have updated the game's UI and skill tree system. 

The Banner Saga 2

If you haven’t played the original Banner Saga from 2014 -- a small indie project started by the three former BioWare developers -- then you should halt before playing its sequel, Banner Saga 2, as they are tightly interconnected. The first game has already become a classic and the only thing that needs to be done is to finish the third one in the series – which will close the grand trilogy of the Vikings’ adventures.

Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear

Last but not least, we have to mention the brand new expansion for Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear. It unveils the mysteries behind the fight with Sarevok and the escape from the Irenicus Dungeon from the very first Baldur's Gate, released in 1998.

Siege of Dragonspear is a sort of bridge between the first two games, which is a really cool way of serving the old fans of the series, but completely confusing the new ones, thus evoking lots of unnecessary negative comments from the community -- that could’ve been easily avoided. Hopefully, the developers from BeamDog will try to redeem themselves next time with a completely new story that will satisfy both new and old players.

The Best Indie RPGs of 2016

RPGs of 2016


Many people have treated Tyranny from Obsidian Entertainment as an intermediate game that would fill the gap between Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity 2. However, little did they know that it turned out to be a truly great game. As a result, we now have an original title that allows you to turn to evil means in order to finish the campaign successfully It's refreshing to not have to save the world for the millionth time! 

Grim Dawn -- A Kickstarter Success Story

Early this year we could experience the results of another Kickstarter project success story -- Grim Dawn,  a game that clearly nods to the times of Diablo 2 and pays all respects to it. The classical RPG gameplay is supported by large locations full of secrets and dangerous traps. Give it a go and you will thank us later.

Darkest Dungeon

2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever.

No mention of Darkest Dungeon yet? Yes, of course, we couldn’t forget about this little masterpiece – a game with a perfectly dark atmosphere and visual style. The game is full of unexpected events and the gameplay is at times so hardcore that you can't but gasp in frustration. Darkest Dungeon is a unique product on the market, so if you never had the chance to play it -- now is the time.

Stardew Valley

But enough with the dark and broody games -- let’s talk about Stardew Valley instead. Imagine that this little farming simulator with RPG elements competed against such giants like The Division and XCOM 2. But two months later, the game had over a million sales on Steam, which is mind-boggling for an indie project that had been developed by one person -- Eric Barone. Stardew Valley definitely has the bright future with all the upcoming updates and fan-made modifications.

Looking Ahead: The Future of the RPG Genre

RPGs of 2016

Mass Effect: Adromeda & Horizon: Zero Dawn

Two big games are currently nominated for the most anticipated RPGs of the year at The Game Awards 2016 -- Mass Effect: Andromeda and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Let's look at Mass Effect first, undoubtedly the most recognizable brand here, since the other title is a brand new IP from the developers of the Killzone series.

Those who had the chance to play Mass Effect: Andromeda say that it is the best game in the series. That’s a pretty bold statement, but it probably would be wise not to jump aboard the hype train too soon, and instead just wait for another 4-5 months before the game is officially out.

But what about Horizon: Zero Dawn? This game is totally new territory for Guerilla Games. The developers have stated that they always wanted to make a game in an open world, but they never considered it as an RPG title. However, after a long period of testing, it turned out that all their ideas worked best exactly within the action RPG genre, and that’s what we all should expect from this new title… oh, and giant dinosaur robots, too.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

What other RPG games can’t do, Divinity: Original Sin 2 can. It’s the game that is proclaimed to be “the last hope of the RPG genre,” which may be a bit of an overstatement, but nevertheless, Larian Studios showed that they can do no wrong after the release of the first Original Sin. The newest installment of the franchise introduces a brand new co-op system, which sounds awesome, but the developers also promise a lot will return from the original, so there’s a lot to be expected here.

RPGs of 2016

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

South Park: The Fractured but Whole keeps getting delayed over and over again, and now the game that was originally planned for 2016, will only be released Spring 2017. Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that the new combat system developed for the sequel was inspired mostly by classic table-top role-playing games. Also, they said it will let you play as a girl character from now on, which is a really neat addition that, to be honest, should have been available in the first game, too.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Another highly anticipated RPG that keeps suffering from the constant delays is Kingdom Come: Deliverance -- it will be available Summer 2017. The developers promise 30 hours of gameplay for the main campaign, and an extra 100 hours for the rest of the side quests.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Lastly, the long-awaited Kickstarter project Torment: Tides of Numenera should be delivered early next year. The first mission of the game has been available at Steam Early Access since January 2016, and currently, the developers are adding a few final touches to it and some more quests, as well.


2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever, showing that indie games can be just as good AAA titles. And apart from single-player RPGs, next year will be full of excellent massively-multiplayer releases, too, so don’t miss on those.

The only thing left is to find out what other projects we can expect from Hidetaka Miyazaki -- the definitive king of the RPG gaming. If one of them is going to be at least half as good as the Dark Souls series, then it will prove that he is a true master of his craft.

Other than that, let us know what RPG releases should have been mentioned in this article, and what games do you expect to see in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

How Deep Is Your Love for the Witcher 3? https://www.gameskinny.com/6e91n/how-deep-is-your-love-for-the-witcher-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/6e91n/how-deep-is-your-love-for-the-witcher-3 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:00:02 -0400 Sand Snake

I have waited a long time to write a review for my all time favorite game The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Not because it would be difficult, but because there was so much to say about this wonderful game. I wasn't sure, how to properly express how truly amazing this game is. For those of you have fallen in love with this amazing world and with Geralt of Rivia, this article is for you.

Geralt of Rivia AKA The White Wolf, is a skilled warrior and deadly Witcher, renowned throughout the lands for his skills with the blade against both man and monster. His recognizable mane of white hair is a side effect of the Mutagens flowing through his veins. These give him unnatural speed, reflexes, and eyesight that has yet to be matched by any foe he has ever faced. Geralt of Rivia is truly a one of kind hero, not because he is perfect in any sense of the word, but because he has flaws like any man from this cruel, dark world. Flaws that lead him down dark roads to shine a light into the dark recesses of the world.

But that is not the only reason we love him. We love playing him, because in a world full of darkness, where everything is not as it seems or should be, a place where evil is residing around every corner, in the hearts of monsters, humans, dwarves and elves. We see Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher neither a human or monster caught in the middle of it, and like a small candle blowing in the wind his blade could help destroy or save.

Your choices, your decisions, your actions will affect the world around you. Whether it be stopping humans from taking advantage of elven maidens, or killing self-righteous Scoia'tael who have been slaughtering innocent peasants to feed themselves. Your blade will decide the fate of thousands. That kind of power and control over the fates of so many, makes this game unbelievably addictive.

Added to it are the amazing voice actors that were cast for each role, and the extraordinary cinematic sequences throughout the game that have been consistently amazing and enthralling. Like the scene with the Ladies of the Wood, where we got to see the three witches for the first time and I gotta say, I did not see that coming at all. The way they looked, the way they acted and the way they talked was all so perfectly choreographed that it made me want to say, "what the fuck?"

Oh, and let's not forget the background music. The music in this game is insane! Whether its pumping you up for a fight or creating this creepy, dark mood. The music they used throughout the game has this quality, that just made you want to keep listening to it, even after you're finished playing the game. My favorite music has to be the one in the cloak and dagger quest, the music had me bopping my head up and down as I played. I also enjoyed listening to the Gwent music, which in my opinion is an awesome card game that should definitely be made into an full game -- oh wait, it is.

Then we have the quests! Let's not forget about the quests! The quests in this game are of the highest quality. There was none of that nonsense of go fetch me a sheep, or go kill as many bandits as you can, or go clear a place of monsters. Every single quest was well crafted and more than a few had direct consequences leading to the completion of each quest.

Most importantly each of the quests made sense. There were no ridiculous side quests that would be completely out of character for Geralt to complete. Every single quest was designed to help immerse yourself within this unique world.

I am not even halfway done yet, there is still so much I want to talk about, but I'll end it here as I feel these are the most important aspects of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. But what did you love most about The Witcher 3?

The Witcher 3 Complete Edition Coming This Month https://www.gameskinny.com/8avh1/the-witcher-3-complete-edition-coming-this-month https://www.gameskinny.com/8avh1/the-witcher-3-complete-edition-coming-this-month Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:36:26 -0400 Angie Harvey

Game Director at CD Projekt Red, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, has taken to the PlayStation Blog to announce that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will arrive on PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 30.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will have a price tag of only $49.99, which is an incredibly good deal for all the content you will receive. The complete edition will feature both expansion packs, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, along with all additional content that has been released since the game's launch on May 19 2015.

The Witcher 3 was the most awarded game in 2015, so if you are still yet to pick it up, this is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself into its 150 hour, action packed, open world adventure!

Full details on all the content that will be included in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition can be found here. While you’re waiting for the end of the month, check out the trailer for the Complete Edition below.

Will you be picking up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition? Let us know in the comment section below!

The Witcher 3 combat: A little Blood and Whine https://www.gameskinny.com/y9tvg/the-witcher-3-combat-a-little-blood-and-whine https://www.gameskinny.com/y9tvg/the-witcher-3-combat-a-little-blood-and-whine Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:41:05 -0400 Captain Booya

The somewhat recent addition of Blood and Wine to the already huge world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the icing on the cake, (Or gateau, as we say in Toussaint) for fans, and something I looked forward to reaching as I concluded Hearts of Stone. And within the (once again) excellently delivered story, we're spoilt to some new gameplay elements too; most notably the quest to unlock additional mutations which can render Geralt a godly death-dealer, if set up correctly with your character build.

Therein lies the issue, though -- reaching god-status in a game gets old quickly. The moment you stop caring about how you approach a situation, is the moment you begin to lose investment.

Above: Ice-augmented Aard Sign delivering cold, shatter-y death.

I should mention that I began the game on "Blood and Broken Bones!" difficulty. I enjoy a challenge, that in turn demands I pursue better gear, skill sets, and potions. By the time I reached Toussaint, I had cranked this up to "Death March!". It was after I began to unlock some of these aforementioned mutations, (Piercing Cold stands out, aftermath pictured above) that I began to wonder what combat scenarios might make use of these new-found strengths.

There's certainly some interesting party tricks and buffs, between the new mutations and Grandmaster gear now available. And there are a couple of tricky new enemies hiding in Toussaint, but for the most part these additions were merely speeding up the rate I could cleanse an area of monster/bandit scrubs. I could manage without, if I had to.

"A one shot? Just like that? Sigh. What is life."

What then came to mind was the Arena mode from The Witcher 2, amongst other games, which has you fighting progressively tougher enemies, with breaks in between rounds to upgrade, or even hire help for the next bout. A nice idea, despite Witcher 2's inferior combat.

Cut back to Blood and Wine, and we have an Arena, which the local Knights take part in for fame and glory. However, this is only used on two occasions I experienced, for some one-off quest battles. This felt like a missed opportunity.

Above: A battle arena archaeologists date to the late 20th Century.

So what's my point? 

Wild Hunt has the best combat in the series, and arguably one of the best combat systems in an open-world game. Once I had a set of Grandmaster gear under my belt and equipped a preferable mutation, I found there was nothing to really throw my weight at in Blood and Wine, minus a certain final story boss.

An organic way to sate such combat enthusiasts, may have been to feature taking part in Beauclair's Arena more regularly, merely for gold, rewards, or who knows what else (It is The Witcher, after all...)

"You're all clothed, will this change if I win?"

Perhaps a rotating bounty board that pits you against tough combinations of monsters, demanding you bring your best or prepare for the worst. Or an endurance mode, forcing you to take more thought on potion usage, being unable to meditate and re-stock until you lose or retire. In short, some kind of late-game challenge that tests your new toys to the limit. The interesting skill progression and choices of play style owes itself to having some content of this sort.

Some might say I'm missing the point, that it's primarily a story game. But we have to observe that same story is about a monster hunter, with two swords and magic spells. And it's obvious that great effort went into both character and armor upgrades, as well as gameplay in general.

Despite what seems to me like a slight missing link at the top of the chain, there's no denying Wild Hunt and this final expansion still live up to the hype.

Gwent, Witcher 3's card game, might be getting a standalone release https://www.gameskinny.com/kj4wn/gwent-witcher-3s-card-game-might-be-getting-a-standalone-release https://www.gameskinny.com/kj4wn/gwent-witcher-3s-card-game-might-be-getting-a-standalone-release Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:54:51 -0400 Captynplanet_8219

CD Projekt Red, the developers of the popular Witcher series, just filed a new video game trademark for a possible Gwent standalone. Gwent is the playable card game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Gwent pits two players with faction themed decks that have a minimum of 32 cards against one another. As of now, The Witcher 3 has five factions to choose from and over 150 cards available for collection. 

With the popularity of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it is not surprising that CD Projekt Red is attempting to keep up interest in the series. The newest DLC expansion, "Blood and Wine", has received positive reviews, and any game that sells over 10 million copies is going to get a little extra attention. 

CD Projekt Red could be trying to dip into the well of mobile trading card games which Hearthstone currently controls. A release of a Gwent game with the current cards and no other changes could be risky as there are a few strategies that seem to be a little overpowered at the moment, such as the Nilfgaard deck, where the right combination of cards and spies allows the player to get twice the number of cards as their opponent by the second round if they draw right. 

If CD Projekt Red adds a bunch of cards and keeps up with the balance of a mobile Gwent game they could see a lot of success as the game is actually pretty fun. Who knows? Maybe they'll even be able to challenge Hearthstone's vice grip over mobile TCGs.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Guide to the Mutagen Transmutator and Mutation https://www.gameskinny.com/0qi0p/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-guide-to-the-mutagen-transmutator-and-mutation https://www.gameskinny.com/0qi0p/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-guide-to-the-mutagen-transmutator-and-mutation Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:17:34 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

Hello Witchers. CD Projekt RED brings us their DLC "Blood and Wine." This latest installment brings us so much change. In this guide, you'll learn everything about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Mutagen Transmutators and new mutations. So if you were wondering what to do with all those extra mutagens, your prayers are about to be answered.

Be sure to check here for more guides to help you achieve success throughout your journey. For this DLC, we also have a guide to getting started that will help you start off on the right foot.

First thing first, this guide is divided into two main sections:

*Note: All mentioned quests must be completed.

View from the Beauclair Palace

Quests and Merchant

Turn and Face the Strange Quest

This quest will begin with a letter from Yennefer. She tells you about Professor Moreau and his work into Witcher mutations. You will need to locate his journal in the cemetery at the Lebioda's Gate just outside the city. Use the "Old Map of Toussaint," to locate the underwater elven ruin, Dol Naev'de, Valley of the Nine. Here you will fight your way to Professor Moreau's laboratory, where you will learn about his quest to cure the witcher mutations.

He developed a mutated giant centipede albumen, but unfortunately, his experiment failed upon curing the witcher mutations. Professor Moreau, however, succeeded in creating more witcher mutations.

There are twelve new mutation abilities:

  • Toxic Blood: Each time you're injured in melee combat, the attacking enemy receives 1.5% damage for every point of your Toxicity level, up to 411% max.
  • Euphoria: Each Toxicity point increases damage by swords and sign intensity by 0.75% to 205.5% max.
  • Mutated Skin: Each Adrenaline point decreases damage received by 15% (up to 45%).
  • Magic Sensibilities: Signs deal critical hit chance and damage increase from 38% to 178% damage. Enemies killed by sign critical hits explode.
  • Piercing Cold: When Aard is cast, you have an additional 25% chance of freezing enemies. Those who are simultaneously knocked down and frozen, die. Those not frozen, receive additional 2820 damage.
  • Conductors of Magic: When a sword is drawn, magic, unique, and witcher swords increase sign damage by 50%.
  • Deadly Counter: Sword attacks deal 25% more damage to human enemies immune to counterattack and monsters.
  • Bloodbath: Each fatal blow made by sword dismembers the enemy or activates a finisher. Each blow made in melee combat increases attack power by 5% until combat ends. Bonus is lost upon taking damage.
  • Cat Eyes: Crossbow damage increased from 129 to 789 (depending on crossbow equipped) and critical hit is increased by 50%. Enemies hit with full health lose 15% Vitality.
  • Metamorphosis: Applying critical effects to enemies activates a random decoction for 120s with no Toxicity cost. The max number that can be activated is three.
  • Adrenaline Rush: Sword attack power and sign intensity increase for 30s by 30% for each enemy (after the first). If fighting eleven enemies, the bonus will be 300%.
  • Second Life: When Vitality reaches 0, you become temporarily invulnerable and regenerate 100% Vitality.

No Place Like Home Quest

As a payment towards your service for the "Beast of Toussaint," Dutchess Anna Henrietta awards you the vineyard property of Corvo Bianco. Finally, after forever and a day of battles and contracts, Geralt of Rivia has a place to call his very own. What a wonderful "retirement" package!

Corvo Bianco has seen better days, and it's up to you to restore her to her prime. It will definitely cost you some hefty coin too. Purchasing every single upgrade, including those that make the property shine, will cost around 14,000 Crowns. Use the fast travel feature to the property and talk to your majordomo, Barnabas-Basil. You will get a tour and a background history of the vineyard and its former owners. Once completed, he will ask you about renovations.

There are perks you can obtain by sleeping at your home. All that is needed is to select the upgrades. You will need every upgrade to acquire the achievement/trophy.

  • Increase Vitality - Bed
  • Increase Combat Experience - Library
  • Increases Roaches’ Stamina - Stable
  • Extra Bombs and Potions - Alchemy Lab (This is found hidden on the property after other renovations have been made.)

Other Perks:

  • Grow Alchemy Plants - Greenhouse (*Needed for Mutagen Transmutators*)
  • Have Friends Over - Guest Room
  • Buff Your Weapons and Armor - Armorer’s Table and Grindstone
  • Display Weapons and Armor - Weapon Rack and Armor Stand

The greenhouse is the only place to find the specific herbs needed to make the Mutagen Transmutators. I did notice that the only trophies and wall hangings you can place will come from the "Blood and Wine" expansion. Armor stands and weapon displays can use every item you have from throughout the entire game.

The Perfumery Merchant

The Perfumery merchant is located in Beauclair. He tires of the traditional requests. He sells many alchemy items, glyphs, runestones, and:

  • Potion of Clearance (1000 crowns)
  • Potion of Restoration (1000 crowns; you will need a few of these too)
  • Formulas for the Mutagen Transmutators (priced from 190 crowns to 246 crowns; some formulas may be found at random)

The merchant also sells the formulas for the Superior Draconid Oil and Superior Cursed Oil for 142 crowns each.

Unlike the Potion of Clearance that resets your ability points completely, the Potion of Restoration only returns the ability points used towards your new mutations. The mutagens that are used do not get reallocated, this is where Mutagen Transmutators come in handy.


What are Mutagen Transmutators?

Mutagen Transmutators allow you to change the type and color of an existing mutagen. So, in plain English, for your new mutation perks, if you have more blue than green, or red than blue, you can fix that to have the necessary mutagens to acquire these new mutations. The new witcher mutations not only cost Ability Points, but specific mutagens too.

Blue Mutagens

  • Lesser Mutagen Transmutator: Red to Blue - 190 crowns
  • Lesser Mutagen Transmutator: Green to Blue - 190 crowns
  • Mutagen Transmutator: Red to Blue - 209 crowns
  • Mutagen Transmutator: Green to Blue - 209 crowns
  • Greater Mutagen Transmutator: Red to Blue - 246 crowns
  • Greater Mutagen Transmutator: Green to Blue - 246 crowns

Blue Lotus flower is a new ingredient required to make all blue mutagens (Corvo Bianco greenhouse).

Green Mutagens
  • Lesser Mutagen Transmutator: Red to Green - 190 crowns
  • Lesser Mutagen Transmutator: Blue to Green - 190 crowns
  • Mutagen Transmutator: Red to Green - 209 crowns
  • Mutagen Transmutator: Blue to Green - 209 crowns
  • Greater Mutagen Transmutator: Red to Green - 246 crowns
  • Greater Mutagen Transmutator: Blue to Green - 246 crowns

Nazairi Basil is a new ingredient required to make all green mutagens (Corvo Bianco greenhouse).

Red Mutagens

  • Lesser Mutagen Transmutator: Blue to Red - 190 crowns
  • Lesser Mutagen Transmutator: Green to Red - 190 crowns
  • Mutagen Transmutator: Blue to Red - 209 crowns
  • Mutagen Transmutator: Green to Red - 209 crowns
  • Greater Mutagen Transmutator: Blue to Red - 246 crowns
  • Greater Mutagen Transmutator: Green to Red - 246 crowns

Winter Cherry is a new ingredient required to make all red mutagens (Corvo Bianco greenhouse).

Hope this helps. Don't forget to check through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Master Guide List for more helpful guides, tips, and tricks to assist you throughout your journey.

Guide to Getting Started and The Grandmaster: The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/purfc/guide-to-getting-started-and-the-grandmaster-the-witcher-3-blood-and-wine-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/purfc/guide-to-getting-started-and-the-grandmaster-the-witcher-3-blood-and-wine-dlc Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:12:42 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

Welcome back to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt RED brings us their DLC "Blood and Wine." This latest installment is the last of Geralt of Rivia's quests. I know, I know, I am quite upset myself. But, we must wipe our tears so that we savor this last adventure with the infamous White Wolf.

Be sure to check here for more guides to help you achieve success throughout your journey.

Getting Started

To start Blood and Wine, you must stop in Oxenfurt and head to the notice board. If you're under level 35, I would highly recommend you wait; enemies start at level 35 here. There you will find a contract called "Envoys, Wineboys." You will need to meet up with two Knights from Toussaint: Palmerin de Launfal and Milton de Peyrac-Peyran. They will be in Holloway at the Stonecutter's Settlement in Velen. You can opt to let them fight the bandits, or talk the Knights out of getting involved as a quick option (which I did).

Palmerin reads the official notice from Dutchess Anna Henrietta of Toussaint, which requests Geralt's presence to deal with a beast murdering her noble subjects. 

Upon accepting, you'll follow the knights to Toussaint where you are greeted by Golyat the Giant -- and by greeted, I mean you must defeat him. Equip Quen to then proceed with fast attacks and quick dodging. Watch for his stomping foot and spin attacks once his health bar begins to lower. This battle is quite easy I must say, especially if you have the Quen Active Shield maxed. Damage absorbed by the shield restores vitality! It is my best friend in the game.

After that you will follow Milton to the water's edge to find the body of the latest victim. There you will need to defeat some Scurvers (new monsters, and there are tons of them!). Use Necrophage oil and Igni to defeat them. Once you've done that, "The Beast of Toussaint" quest automatically begins.

From there you will join Milton at The Cockatrice Inn to speak with everyone. You will find new food available, recipes, books, and a notice board outside. Picking up the notices will add:

  • Gwent: To Everything – Turn, Turn, Tournament
  • Gwent: Never Fear, Skellige’s Here
  • Wine Wars: Belgaard
  • Knight for Hire
  • Mutual of Beauclair’s Wild Kingdom
  • Witcher Contract Big Game Hunter

If you are like me, you will immediately hold off on continuing just so you can venture around and unlock some fast travel markers. I stumbled upon San Sebastian, Beauclair (Harbor Gate), and Beauclair Port. Another marker opened as well called the Gran'place.

I stopped by the notice board here and received a contract for "Master, Master, Master, Master." I met a master blacksmith named Lafargue at his shop and he asked for my assistance in obtaining plans for:

Upon finding these plans, he agrees to make himself copies and to make Geralt whatever he wishes, plus get some coin. Grandmaster level gear gives some serious bonuses when equipped as a partial or full set.

Grandmaster Crafted Gear

Grandmaster Crafted Griffin Gear

Head out towards the ruined fort. Three of the diagrams are in a box inside, along with a letter that points to the location of the remaining three. Make your way to the new location and fight off the bandits when you arrive. Afterwards, use the "Eye of Nehelani" on the wall to reveal a hidden staircase. You are in a Hanse, so deal with the boss quickly before continuing your search. However, if you are quick you can be in and out before the reinforcements arrive.

Now head inside and use your Witcher senses to find a small switch on the wall that reveals another hidden passage. Loot the box at the end on the left, read the note, and then look on the desk for the spare crystal. The desk is located right of the room if you are facing in from the unpowered portal. Place the crystal in the frame and use the Aard sign to proceed. On the other side there's a Golem, so prepare with Elementa oil to take him down before proceeding to the next room. The remaining diagrams are on a chair, a table by the still, and in a chest next to the fireplace.

Grandmaster Crafted Feline Gear

First Location: Head for the house. The gates are locked, so make your way to the south-east corner and use the collapsed part of the scaffolding to get inside. Defeat the pocket of bandits and talk to the clerk - he knows nothing useful, so head inside the red building and loot the picture hanging on the door inside to the left to find one of the diagrams and a clue to the next. Head back outside and search amongst the dead bandits to find the key to the gate and a set of orders. Read the orders, unlock the gate, and move on to the next location.

Second Location: Is a Hanse, and will definitely need clearing out before you can properly look around. Head toward the upper floor using the wooden ladder on the collapsed bridge on the south side to find the Bandit Chief. Once the area is clear, head for the signal fire on the north side of the ruins, loot the container to find another set of diagrams, and your next clue. Now head towards the cave and follow the passage inside. Beware, there are Archespores here so deal with them before searching the area. The remaining diagrams are in the northernmost tip of the cave.

Grandmaster Crafted Ursine Gear

First Location: Head to Flovive, making your way around the outside of the ruined building until you find some fallen rocks below a collapsed roof. Use Aard to clear the rocks out of the way and head into the darkness. There will be a chest just to the right once you are inside, which contains three diagrams and your next clue.

Owl Eye's of Grottos cave (there are two entrances)

Second Location: Head towards the Tufo Vineyard and find the cave “Owl Eye’s Grottos.” If you have already dealt with the Monster of Tufo contract, then it will be marked on your map. Drop down the waterfall in the entrance and use Aard to clear the rocks to your left; and read the warning left on the ground. Use your Witcher senses to follow the bear markings on the wall until you find the dead Witcher -- loot him to find the remaining diagrams.

In the “Owl Eye’s Grottos,” you will discover various colored armor dyes, green gold ore, meteorite ore, copper ore, Formulas for Purple and Gray armor dyes, Dye Remover, new books, and ore in the rocks (gold and silver).

In the collapsed home, you will discover other armor dyes and a peacock feather.

Grandmaster Crafted Wolven Gear

Here you will head for the ruins and look in the box under one of the benches in the campsite for a clue, then make your way to the next marker. The entrance is on the lower levels of the stone terraces and inside is a magic barrier that needs a key. Before going inside, loot the skeleton tucked in the corner of the area near the entrance. Use the switch to the right of the barrier to lower it and head inside.

This area is swarming with monsters, so be cautious while you are exploring. Defeat the Barghests, examine the skeletons on the ground, then head to the left and use Aard to break down the wall at the end of the passage. The large chamber ahead plays host to a Giant Centipede that needs to be killed before using Aard to get through another wall. You will be attacked by both Wraiths and Barghests as you drop down into the next room, so be prepared.

Nip into the room to the right of where you landed to find three diagrams on the dead Witcher under the rock, then head the other way and examine the satchel on the ground to find the other three. Head into the next room and pick up the key from the floor near the door to make your way out.

Grandmaster Crafted Manticore Gear

Destination One: Upon reaching the first marker, you will come under attack by a Forktail, have Draconid oil and Golden Oriole potion equipped; and use Aard to knock it out of the sky. Once you are at the prison itself, climb to the tower using the ledge on the northwest side and loot the loose brick just beside the doorway to reveal the first diagram and the clue to the next location.

Destination Two: There will be a Panther just outside the cave, so deal with that and then head inside. Examine the prayers hung around the walls until you find one you can loot. You will find it on the back of the second diagram, along with another clue.

Destination Three: Use Aard to knock down the wall at the back of the monument. If you have not yet completed “The Words of the Prophets Are Written on Sarcophagi,” then you will be attacked by a Wraith called "The Great Beggar." The diagram will be in a small box on the left of the alcove, ahead of where you got in.

Destination Four: Swim to the end of the cave and make your way up the steps. You will encounter gas clouds and while passing through the series of caverns you will start suffering from hallucinations, each designed to test your devotion to one of the Virtues.

  • Ignore the naked women in the first room.
  • Give Alms to each of the beggars in the second room.
  • Defeat the Kikimores in the third room.
  • Use Aard to break into the next room.

Head towards the slope on your right to meet your final hallucination and get the fourth diagram.

Destination Five: Tackle the bandits and loot the sack at the bottom of the lake to get the last diagrams. Here you will find a final note to end the hunt.

  • Then return to Lafargue in Beauclair for your reward.

Hope this helps. Don't forget to check through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Master Guide List for more helpful guides, tips, and tricks to assist you throughout your journey.